Jug End offers one of the most scenic areas in the Berkshires. The former site of the popular Jug End Barn resort, this 1,158 acre property has been returned to a natural state. It is now managed for passive recreation and environmental research in partnership between DCR and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. For hikers, the 2 mile Jug End Loop Trail journeys through a mixture of open fields, northern hardwood and Eastern Hemlock woodlands. Access and parking is also available to the Appalachian Trail, on Jug End Rd. (unpaved section), linking it to Mount Everett State Reservation.

Parked at the Jug End Road trail head and hiked to the Mt Everett Summit. Loved this trail! Fantastic trail variation kept us interested and the many open vistas offered natural points to stop and catch your breath. We hiked up to the summit of Mt Everett first and then caught the loop around Guilder Pond back to the AT. Headed north to get back to our car. Finished about 10 miles in just over five hours. Would absolutely do this hike again!

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1 month ago

good hike for fitness. beautiful look out and had lunch at the pond. people were eating lunch and swimming. came across a rattle snake on the way back down....made excellent time back to the car following that!

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1 month ago

Very beautiful trail. Well maintained except in literally 1 part about 70 feet worth of trail out of the 3.3 miles that we hiked. Impressive. Gorgeous scenery throughout. We hit many little bridges, stream crossings, mountain views, meadows, deep woods, rocks, clear trail, uphill, downhill, flat plain. All around fabulous! Took us around an hour to do the 3.3, no stopping.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Extremely good. Challenging. Guilder pond is heaven. I loved it. 12 of us hiked from Jug end to Mount Everett 7 and 11 year old girls did it all.

Certainly a demanding stretch, but well worth the effort. Such a beautiful hike with quite a few flat(ish) sections, but equally matched with steep and dramatic climbs.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

This stretch of trail, from Jug End to the top of Bear Mountain, is not for amateurs.....but the views are amazing.